S Dakota gives thumbs up to 550.5 MW of fresh wind

The Day County Wind Energy Center. Source: NextEra Energy Resources (www.nexteraenergyresources.com).

July 11 (Renewables Now) - South Dakota regulators have given the green light to two wind projects that will add more than 550 MW of wind power combined.

The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) on Tuesday awarded a permit to Crowned Ridge Wind LLC, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources LLC, to build a 300-MW wind park in the northeastern part of the state. The permit for the Crowned Ridge Wind Farm contains 46 conditions, some of which concern sound levels and shadow flicker and bird monitoring.

To be installed in Grant and Codington counties, the wind park will consist of up to 130 turbines that will sell their output to utility Xcel Energy (NASDAQ:XEL). The plant, calling for an investment of USD 400 million (EUR 355.4m), is planned to be switched on by 2020.

Separately, PUC has greenlighted, also with conditions, the construction of the 250.54-MW Triple H wind park in Hyde County, worth around USD 300 million. The developer of the up to 92-turbine project has to meet 41 conditions during the construction and operation of the wind park. Among those are land restoration, noise levels and wildlife mitigation.

The electricity from 150 MW of the Triple H plant’s capacity will be sold to US retailer Walmart Inc (NYSE:WMT) and 48 MW will be supplied to an unnamed institutional off-taker. The remaining 52 MW will be sold on a merchant basis. The wind farm is slated for completion next year.

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